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Pankhurst Flats Fundraiser

Brighton Pavilion Labour Party has paid £587 to the Pankhurst flats fire campaign fundraiser after our delegates held a collection at Labour Party Conference. Thanks to everyone who donated in solidarity and support for families and residents who have lost everything in the fire which completely destroyed at least 12 flats and damaged many more.

You can donate here if you want to help local residents affected by the fire, who have lost homes and possessions.  This fundraiser is also recommended by Brighton and Hove City Council for anyone wanting to help the 50 people left homeless by the fire.

Pavilion Labour sends our solidarity and support to everyone impacted by this fire and a huge thank you to all the emergency service workers involved; in particular the firefighters and ambulance crews, whose speedy and hard work, courage and professionalism, ensured that there was no loss of life.

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#Lab19 references back

Delegates and visitors at 2019 Labour Conference have been flummoxed by the refusal by Conference Arrangements Committee (known as “CAC”) to publish and circulate the text of the submissions made by constituencies referring back parts of the National Policy Forum (“NPF”) Report for further consideration.

 

Brighton Pavilion Labour Party encouraged all members to participate in the NPF’s 2019 policy consultation process and our conference delegates compared the NPF Report to our Party’s submissions to that consultation, and then submitted a series of proposals (known as “references back”) where it was felt that the NPF Report was inadequate.

For information, details of some of those references back can be found using the links below:

We hope that CAC will end the chaos seen at 2019 Labour conference on Sunday by either circulating to all delegates the full text of all reference back submissions, or taking the votes on each immediately after they are moved and debated.  If not, we trust that this blog is of some use to conference delegates voting on references back.

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Brighton Pavilion delegate Val Knight moving references back to the Health and Social Care Report

Welcome #Lab19 to Brighton!

Brighton Pavilion Labour Party extends a warm, personal welcome to all our fellow Party members who will be attending Labour Conference 2019 in our home town from 21 – 25 September. If you know a Labour member coming to #Lab19, please direct them to us!

Delegates and visitors will be able to find us at stand 62 on the ground floor of the Conference Exhibition, nearby the balloting area – so visit us when you collect your ballot papers and cast your votes.

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Our volunteers can provide you with local tips on where to go and answer your questions about the local area. You can choose from our range of popular handmade badges, hear local campaign news, take a look at our local campaign materials, and enter our raffle for your chance to win accommodation at Labour Conference 2021, either for yourself or another delegate from your CLP.

Brighton’s long tradition of radical politics, including some of Britain’s earliest co-operatives and communal healthcare, informs our socialism today. In the Conference Hall, we are asking delegates to prioritise our resolution on justice, equality and inclusion for trans and non-binary people:

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We shall also be asking delegates to vote to reinstate our CLP’s constitutional amendment (to limit suspensions to three months ordinarily) for debate this year. This will require a vote to reject the decision of Conference Arrangements Committee (CAC) to rule our amendment as out of order – what’s known as a vote to reference back the CAC report.

Since, as it has been ruled out by CAC, our constitutional amendment has been excluded from the Delegates’ Report, so we have reproduced it below.  Our CLP wants Labour’s rules changed so that member suspensions cannot ordinarily exceed 3 months in duration and the NEC must report annually to conference on any that do.  CAC claims this was covered by an NEC rule change last year which limited NCC investigations to 3 months without any reporting of exceptions.

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One of our own members was suspended for 847 days before the case was heard and they were immediately reinstated.  A time limit on suspensions, not just investigations, as is applied by many affiliated unions and other bodies, will prevent such delays to justice in our party for both suspended members and members who are waiting to have their complaints heard.  To find out more, please find one of our delegates in seats 1-5 of rows EF – EG – EH on the conference floor, or speak to us outside of conference, or come by our stall.

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Outside of Conference, the ever-popular Stand up for Labour holds its Labour Party Conference Special at the Komedia , 44-47 Gardener Street, Brighton BN1 1UN, at 7pm on Monday 23 September with an evening full of laughs provided by Njambi McGrath, Don Biswas, ASLEF’s Tosh McDonald and Red Dwarf star Norman Lovett, plus compere Crispin Flintoff and special guest political speakers. Buy tickets now for £15 or £20 on the door.

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As we say in Pavilion Labour – celebrate diversity, fight prejudice, and have fun!  And it looks like delegates will be having some fun at Labour Conference this year!
Please prioritise and support our resolution, support our rule change and come to meet us when you visit our stall at #Lab19!

But, whatever you do, have a fantastic time at 2019 Labour Conference and welcome to Brighton Pavilion!

It’s Our Future!

A message from Dan Carey, Pavilion Labour Youth Officer:

Hello, I’m writing to you as the Chair of the Pavilion Labour Youth Forum (which includes all Labour Party members, under 27, living in Brighton Pavilion parliamentary constituency). As no doubt you have noticed, the political climate of the country has been growing consistently more erratic. With the possibility of a general election now highly likely, it is vital that young members make their voices heard. With this in mind, there’s a couple of important events coming up that I want to remind you about.

Climate Strike

On Friday 20th September at 11am, the general strike for climate is taking place. With a very high expected turnout (including yours truly and many other, easily identifiable, Young Labour members) the group will march from Hove Lawns to The Level to hear some impressive speakers, some great music and take part in protest actions. I highly recommend attending for a bit (even if you can’t make the whole day) to add your voice to the many others, demanding climate justice.

This month, we are calling on everyone – adults, workers, trade unionists, community campaigners, and especially all Labour members and supporters – to join us in the Brighton global climate strike. We will be joining people all around the world in what’s set to be a massive day of climate action, so please join us in Brighton and bring your friends, co-workers, parents, siblings, grandparents, teachers and everyone you know along. Let’s make this the largest climate mobilisation the city has ever seen – and let’s get everyone we can wearing red and marching behind our brilliant new Brighton Pavilion Young Labour banner.

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Let’s take this opportunity to deliver a clear message for climate justice just 3 days before the UN Climate Action Summit on 23rd September.

Youth Forum AGM

At 1pm on Sunday 6th of October, all Pavilion Young Labour members are invited to our AGM at 11 Dorset Street BN2 1WA (2 mins from the Old Steine).

We will be electing officer positions for the upcoming year and planning our actions in the likely event of an election (organising campaigning, mobilising members, etc). It is very important that we have a plan of action for any upcoming election, but don’t worry, the atmosphere will be relaxed and friendly. All young members from the constituency are welcome.

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If you want to nominate yourself for a position, or have any questions at all, you may email me – dan@pavilionlabour.org.uk .

Register to vote now

Please check you’re registered to vote – don’t just assume that you are (although all Labour members really should be!). If you’ve moved house recently, you need to re-register at your new address. If you’re turning 18 soon, you can register ahead of your 18th birthday (in fact you can register as soon as you turn 16), so there’s no need to wait. Register today because we don’t know when an election could be called.

Students can register at both your addresses – in your home and university constituencies. You can only vote once but registering in both allows you to choose to vote where it’ll benefit Labour the most. So please make sure that you have registered in both.

With your National Insurance number it only takes a few minutes to register online here.  Even if you don’t have an NIC number, you can still register online, for example using an NHS or student ID number.

If you’re not sure whether you’re registered or not, it doesn’t do any harm to register online again. But, if you want to check whether you are already registered in Brighton or Hove, you can contact Electoral Services at Hove Town Hall using the contact information here and there’s more information on registering to vote from Brighton & Hove City Council here.

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Please spread the word on voter registration with all your friends and family. The most important thing we can do right now is to get young people registered to vote.

It’s our future and we must be heard! Let’s make sure all young Labour supporters we know are registered to vote.

Cheers, Dan

Chair of the Pavilion Labour Youth Forum

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Welcome #TUC2019 to Brighton!

As trade union delegates assemble at the Brighton Centre for the TUC’s Congress 2019, Brighton Pavilion Labour Party wants to send a personal welcome to all our sisters and brothers visiting our home town this September.

In 2017, Labour Conference agreed policy to repeal Britain’s anti-trade union laws and introduce strong legal rights to organise, collectively bargain and strike.  Brighton Pavilion Labour Party believes that trade union freedom is a crucial issue for the whole labour movement.  With the possibility of a Corbyn-led Labour government soon, we need to build the strongest possible support to ensure these demands are implemented.

Consequently, Pavilion Labour has asked other Labour Parties and Labour’s affiliates to add their endorsement to the statement below.  If desired, signatures can be added to this blog to show organisations that have signed.  We are also asking our members to help in promoting this statement.  As socialists and trades unionists we stand together!

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We need the right to organise and strike – free our unions

We are campaigning to abolish the anti-trade union laws which hamstring workers organising and taking industrial action, and replace them with strong legal rights.

We applaud the unanimous decision by the 2017 Labour Party conference to call for repeal of not just the 2016 Trade Union Act but also the “anti-union laws introduced in the 1980s and 90s” by the Thatcher and Major Tory governments and kept in place after 1997; and for a “strong legal charter of workers’ rights”. “For unions to be effective workers need an effective right to strike”. This builds on the 2015 conference decision, also unanimous, that the next Labour government should “legislate for strong rights to unionise, win recognition and collective bargaining, strike, picket and take solidarity action”.

We will campaign to ensure:

  • Complete repeal of all the anti-union laws introduced after 1979.
  • Strong legal rights for workers to join, belong to and recruit others to a union; strike by a process, at a time and for demands of their own choosing, including in solidarity with other workers and for broader social and political goals; and picket freely.
  • Strong legal rights for unions to access workplaces, win recognition and engage in collective bargaining, including sector-wide bargaining.
  • The right of unions to determine their own structures, rules and processes, decide their own policies and activities, and spend their funds as they choose, free from state and employer interference, in line with ILO Conventions and the European Convention on Human Rights.

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After Congress concludes on Wednesday afternoon:

Everyone is encouraged to attend this Wednesday evening’s public meeting of Brighton, Hove and District Trades Union Council, at the Friends’ Meeting House in Ship Street, Brighton BN1 1AF, starting 7.30pm. Speakers include Jane Loftus, President of The Communications Union (CWU) and Annapurna Morley from YouthStrike4Climate Brighton.

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Brighton Pavilion Labour Party also asks Labour-affiliated trades unions to prioritise our resolution for discussion at 2019 Labour Conference:

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End Rail Rip-Off!

On Wednesday 14 August, next year’s rail fare rise will be announced.  Despite the utter failure of privatised rail – with delays, cancellations and failing franchises – we’ll still be asked to pay more for our journeys next year.

Join us to call for public ownership and an end to the #RailRipOff!

Join in the national rail fares action with campaigners We Own It and RMT union members.

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In Brighton the action is planned to start outside Brighton station from 7am.  You can download your action toolkit here and find details of all the events happening across the country here.

We need a Labour government to bring our railways into public ownership and put passengers, our communities and environment ahead of the profits of private train operators.  Read more about Labour’s policies for rail and public transport here.

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We Stand Together

Pavilion Labour will be standing in solidarity with all LGBT+ people, celebrating diversity, campaigning for equality and enjoying all the fun at Brighton Pride on Saturday 3 August 2019.

Look out for the LGBT+ Labour bloc on the Pride parade, with friends from Pavilion, Kemptown and Hove joining LGBT+ Labour, or find one of our #LabourAndProud street stalls along the London Road, or meet-up at the LGBT+ Labour stall inside Party in the Park.  Wear red if you’re coming along to join us!

Be prepared for the Pride Parade which follows a different route this year.  The Parade will begin assembling on Hove Lawns from 9.30am and is due to march off at 11am.  You can also find useful advice here on all aspects of Pride 2019.

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Take a look at some more of Labour’s pledges for LGBT+ equality –

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#WeStandTogether with LGBT+ people because we’re #LabourAndProud.

 

Only Labour will save our NHS

Currently, radiotherapy appointments are concentrating my mind on the vital importance to all of us of our National Health Service. Our NHS is the subject of a very significant motion from Preston Park Branch to be discussed this week by Pavilion Labour’s General Committee – the policy-making body for our local Party. The motion calls for:

“the full renationalisation of a publicly provided, universal, comprehensive NHS free at the point of use”.

The current Conservative Government is building on decades of outsourcing of health services by fragmenting the NHS in England in ways which prepare the ground for further privatisation. Under a Tory Government, our health service will fall ever more under the sway of the profit motive until we find ourselves facing charges for more and more basic health care.

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Dedicated NHS staff, like Brighton’s Ian Evans, are on the frontline of Tory cuts to our NHS

 

There is only one way to prevent this outcome – and that is to elect a Labour Government in the forthcoming General Election (whenever that may be). Labour will recreate a national health service in which technology serves rather than replaces full local primary and secondary care provision. All outsourcing will end, including the commissioning of healthcare which is increasingly being privatised. There will be joint planning between the NHS and a national care service.

Because today’s Labour Party is led by a committed socialist and is pledged to a transformative political programme – including the rejuvenation of our NHS – the Establishment in this country will stop at nothing to prevent a Labour majority in Parliament, or to weaken an incoming Labour Government.

 

 

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Under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, Labour is pledged to fully renationalise our NHS

 

We can anticipate that those who are opposed to social progress will step up attacks upon our Party and its leadership as an election looms. We can anticipate a constant stream of bile from the media, further “leaks” from the civil service and a steady drip of resignations and attacks from those within the Party who oppose our socialist direction.

There is nothing new about mounting unjustified attacks upon our Party at a time when we promise meaningful social change. The best response which we, as Labour Party supporters, can make is to step up our own activity, talking to voters, winning arguments and preparing to elect as many Labour Members of Parliament as possible – which means offering voters in every constituency the opportunity to vote for Labour’s socialist programme in support of the Government which this country needs.

 

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Thanks to everyone for your messages of support. Now let’s take our Party’s message back to our streets.

Jon – Chair, Brighton Pavilion Labour Party

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Hands Off Moulsecoomb Primary School

Pavilion Labour believes that our schools are better run under council management within the local education authority.  So we are asking everyone to support the campaign to stop the forced academisation of Moulsecoomb Primary School.

Please sign the petition saying no to the forced academisation of Moulsecoomb Primary School here and, while you’re at it, please also sign here to support the petition saying hands off Peacehaven Community School, under similar threat of academisation.

There will be a campaign meeting at Moulsecoomb Primary from 6pm – 7.30pm on Tuesday 18 June.  If you want to help defend state schools, please go along.

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Councillor Nick Childs, Labour Chair of the Children, Young People and Skills committee for Brighton and Hove City Council, has confirmed our Labour Council will do everything it can to keep Moulsecoomb Primary School under council management, saying:

“Our new administration’s preferred position is in favour of maintaining all local authority controlled schools.
“We are fundamentally opposed to this attempt by the Regional Schools Commissioner to tell the people of Brighton & Hove that we must hand over our community school to become a private academy company without local accountability.
“The council will be arranging a parental and staff ballot regarding the Academy Order and we will be sharing the results of this ballot with the Commissioner.
“I very much hope that this will be reflected in any final decision made about the school.
“We shall also be writing to the Secretary of State to request that the school be re-inspected in the autumn, and asking for the privatisation process to be halted in the interim.
“In the meantime we have a great head and staff team working at the school, and the comprehensive package of support we have put in place to improve academic standards there will continue.”

Pavilion Labour members agree!  Please support this vital campaign.

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Generation Left

Increasingly age appears to be the key dividing line in contemporary politics. Young people across the globe are embracing left-wing ideas and supporting figures such as Corbyn and Sanders. Where has this ‘Generation Left’ come from? How can it change the world?

Join Pavilion Young Labour and Keir Milburn, author of Generation Left, for a discussion of the role of age in contemporary politics.

All ages welcome at the Friends’ Meeting House, from 6pm – 8pm on Thursday 30 May 2019.  See you there!